WASHINGTON, D.C. — (02-26-20) — A Third gender rights bill was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday by California’s Silicon Valley Rep. Ro Khanna (D).
The new proposed Third Gender Bill could add a gender-neutral option on passports, passport cards, and Consular Reports of Birth Abroad.
Government Affairs Director for the Human Rights Campaign, David Stacy said of the proposed Third Gender Bill…”The ability to obtain accurate identity documents is imperative to the safety and well being of LGBTQ people, and we thank Rep. Khanna for advancing this issue,” said Stacy.
Stacy continued…“Many members of the LGBTQ community identify as non-binary, and non-binary individuals deserve to have their gender acknowledged and accurately reflected on vital government documents like passports. Non-binary people already face disproportionately high rates of discrimination, harassment, and violence, and this risk of harm is significantly exacerbated when forced to present in congruent legal documents that do not accurately reflect who they are.” concluded Stacy.
Should the legislation pass the Republican controlled Senate, the State Department would then be required to add a third option to mark on all travel documents besides male and female in the form of “(X) unspecified.”
So far there nearly twelve countries that allow travelers to utilize the “X” option on their travel documents.
“This allows gender-diverse Americans to make the best decision for themselves and their safety when traveling,” said a spokesperson from Rep. Ro Khanna’s office.
We will continue to follow this story and bring you developments as they become available.
Article by: Paul Goldberg, Staff Writer
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